The Bible gives us a “first-hand” account of Jesus’ life.
Peter, John, James, Matthew, and the other disciples spent three years walking and talking with the God who created the entire universe. They witnessed miracles of epic proportions, were instructed with wisdom beyond human ability, and they recorded what they saw and heard. Those writings were preserved by diligent Christian scribes through the centuries to the extent that there’s more evidence to prove that Jesus rose from the dead than there is that Shakespeare ever lived at all!
But, always remember that the real author of the Bible is God Himself:
. . . no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God. —2 Peter 1:20-21
Why doesn’t Compass use a translation of the Bible that is a little easier to understand? The NIV is a good translation and far easier to use and lots of churches use it.
None of the original letters from Paul, Peter, Matthew, Mark, Luke, etc., exist today.
There are two direct, word-for-word translations of the Bible that are easily found in bookstores—KJV (and NKJV) and NASB. The KJV was translated from one manuscript, the Textus Receptus, and the NASB from five manuscripts, all dated over 100 years earlier than the KJV transcript. So, we use the NASB as we found it to be more accurate, and easier to read as it was translated in the 1960s, as opposed to the KJV that was translated in the 1600s.
The NIV is not a word-for-word translation. It’s somewhat accurate, but it’s what someone THINKS God is saying, rather than just saying what He said. The NIV is certainly more readable in many verses, but sinful man is trying to guess God’s intentions.
|Since the Word of God IS God, we don’t think we should be changing it in any way, shape or form.||In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” —John 1:1|
For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass away from the Law until all is accomplished. —Matthew 5:18
For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. —Hebrews 4:12
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